August 29, 1984: Mets Complete Three-Game Sweep of Dodgers

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Date: August 29, 1984
Mets starter: Ron Darling
Mets: 3
Dodgers: 2
Winning pitcher: Jesse Orosco
Key player(s): Ron Darling, Mike Fitzgerald, Rusty Staub, Keith Hernandez
Key play: Mets’ doubles

The Mets faced the Dodgers on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 3-2 win over Los Angeles.

Mets’ starter Ron Darling struck out Steve Sax to begin the top of the first inning. Dave Anderson drew a walk and advanced to third base on a single by Ken Landreaux. Pedro Guerrero walked to load the bases and Greg Brock went down on strikes. Mike Scioscia drew a walk to force home Anderson for a 1-0 Dodgers lead. Darling fanned Franklin Stubbs to end the inning. Los Angeles’s Jerry Reuss then pitched a perfect bottom half.

Darling struck out the side in order in the top of the second. Reuss shut down the Mets in the bottom half and Anderson drew a leadoff walk in the top of the third. With Landreaux at bat, Anderson was caught stealing on catcher Mike Fitzgerald’s throw to shortstop Hubie Brooks. Landreaux popped out to Brooks and a single by Guerrero followed. Darling retired Brock on a ground ball to second baseman Kelvin Chapman to finish off the inning. Reuss then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Darling set down the Dodgers in order in the top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Ray Knight (acquired from the Astros the previous day) singled for his first hit as a Met. Jerry Martin drew a walk and advanced to third base on Fitzgerald’s double that scored Knight with the tying run. Darling hit a grounder on which second baseman Sax threw to catcher Scioscia for an out at home on Martin. Reuss then got Mookie Wilson to ground out to shortstop Bill Russell and end the inning.

Darling and Reuss each pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Ron retired all three batters in the top of the seventh and Wilson hit a one-out double against Dodgers’ reliever Ken Howell in the bottom half. Pinch-hitter Rusty Staub doubled to drive home Wilson and put the Mets ahead, 2-1. Keith Hernandez was given an intentional walk and George Foster grounded out to shortstop Anderson (who had shifted from third to replace Russell.) Howell then threw a called third strike past Brooks to close out the inning.

With one out in the top of the eighth, pinch-hitter Candy Maldonado homered against Mets’ reliever Jesse Orosco to tie the game at 2-2. Orosco got Guerrero to fly out to left fielder Foster and struck out Brock to end the inning. Martin drew a one-out walk in the bottom half. Fitzgerald went down on strikes and a single by Wally Backman ensued. Howell retired Wilson on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Brock. Orosco then set down the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.

Leading off the bottom of the ninth inning, pinch-hitter Danny Heep hit a single against Los Angeles reliever Pat Zachry. Hernandez came up to bat and doubled to drive home Heep with the winning run. The Mets had an exciting victory to close out a three-game series sweep.